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The New Engagement Blog

The Engagement Blog has a new home. From the announcement:
Since its inception in 2012, the Anthropology and Environment Society’s “Engagement Blog” has published first-hand accounts by scholars engaged in work on environmental problems. Today, we are very excited to relaunch the blog on a new WordPress platform. In its new avatar, the blog will continue its mission while expanding its scope — both in form and content
Go to the new site.


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Call for Posts: Conversations on Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything:” Intersections of Teaching and Activism

The recent conversation on the EANTH listserv surrounding Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate brought to light important differences regarding how anthropologists engage with and teach the subject of climate change. We invite contributors to submit posts that focus on the intersection of teaching about climate change, particularly Klein’s work, and environmental activism. Questions that arise at this intersection include: What roles can anthropologists play in climate change education and activism? How do we educate students about global climate issues in an academically sound and informed manner? Is it possible to teach on climate change, especially Klein’s book, and also provide uplifting ethnographic accounts of communities working for positive change? What other lessons can be learned from teaching climate issues and environmental advocacy on a broad scale?

Potential directions of posts include:

Methods: a discussion of particular teaching and/or research methods relating to climate change education and/or specifically Klein’s work.

Narratives: accounts of personal experiences teaching on climate issues and/or environmental activism – how do you engage in teaching and activism in your institution and/or community? What challenges have you faced when dealing with these complex issues, or what are some educational experiences you could share?

Photo essays: a collection of photographs with captions that describe successes or challenges in combating the effects of climate change – perhaps of a particular activist campaign or classroom experience.

Submissions can take the form of 1,000-word essays; short photo and video essays; poetry and experimental prose; audio recordings; and other forms in consultation with the editors. Please indicate your interest by email to the Engagement co-editors:


Theresa Miller:

Colin Hoag:

Chitra Venkataramani:

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Julian Steward Award

The Anthropology and the Environment Society of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) awards the Julian Steward Award biannually for the best monograph in environmental and ecological anthropology. The prize was awarded in 2013 to Erik Mueggler (University of Michigan) for his book The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet (Univ. of California Press).  This year’s prize will be awarded during the AAA annual meeting in Denver, CO. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2015. Entries must have been published within the last two years. For those interested in providing book entries for the 2015 Julian Steward Award please send one copy of the book (total of 3 copies) to each of the following members of the review committee:

Jeffrey C Johnson Department of Anthropology University of Florida PO Box 117305 1112 Turlington Hall Gainesville, FL  32611-7305

Michael R. Dove Department of Anthropology Yale University 134-136 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street New Haven, Connecticut 06511-2189

Erik Mueggler Dept. of Anthropology University of Michigan 204-A West Hall, 1085 S. University Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107

If you need further information or have any questions please contact Jeffrey Johnson (

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2015 Anthropology and Environment Society Small Grants Program

The goal of the Anthropology and Environment Society Small Grants Program is to foster collaboration among practicing and academic anthropologists, grassroots activists, and/or organizations and inspire innovative solutions to environmental issues.  The small grants program is particularly interested in projects that facilitate communication and brainstorming between groups or that lead to program or institution building necessary to form innovative solutions. Proposals may address local, national or global concerns, issues, or problems.

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015. Please send proposals in the following format to Jeffrey Johnson (

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The Anthropology and Environment Society (AES) of the American Anthropological Association is pleased to announce the 2015 Rappaport Student Prize competition. To apply, interested students are invited to submit an abstract by 18 March 2015 of a paper that you plan to develop into a publication. The abstract should present a summary of the entire paper, including a statement of the problem being investigated, methods undertaken, the results of the study, the theoretical context in which it is being evaluated, and the significance of the research. The abstract should not exceed 500 words; abstracts that exceed this word limit will not be reviewed.

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